How to Make Jello Cake – My Absolute Favorite!

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I don’t make cakes very often.  I really don’t bake much at all.

Not that I don’t enjoy baking.

I just enjoy the eating part too much.




A choice between cake and pie is a no-brainer.  But alas, as you may know, I’m allergic to chocolate. Which is bad enough, but I’ve only been allergic to it since college.

Which means I know what I’m missing. Now, almost 20 years later, I only rarely have the I-don’t-care-if-I-get-sick-I’m-eating-it-anyway-and-it’s-sooo-good dream.

This isn’t a recipe for a chocolate cake, but I bring up the chocolate-allergy-thing because even when I COULD eat chocolate . . . this was my favorite cake.  Which is big.  Very few things in my dessert-world would be a favorite if chocolate was an option.

My grandparents used to make this cake.  My grandfather wasn’t a cook, but he would poke the holes in the top, and Grandma would give him praise and credit for helping.


  • White cake mix, made according to package directions
  • Cherry gelatin
  • Whipped topping


Bake the cake and let it cool.  Then poke holes in it with a fork, poking all the way to the bottom.

Mix the jello with one cup of hot water, and let it dissolve.  Add the second cup of water, but do not let the jello set.  Pour the jello liquid over the cake, and put in the fridge to cool.

Once it is re-cooled, ice the cake with whipped topping instead of frosting.

Simple, easy perfection.


And now for our week’s menu plan:

Monday – grilled chicken and fried okra

Tuesday – Fajitas

Wednesday – Meatballs in mushroom gravy over mashed potatoes

Thursday – Spaghetti

Friday – Out to eat

Saturday – Grill out

And just go ahead and mentally add “jello cake” to every meal (even breakfast) until it’s gone.

Feeling like you’re having deja vu?  Yes, I failed miserably at following my menu plan last week, so I’m giving it another go this week!

I’ll be linking this up over at Orgjunkie for Menu Plan Monday.

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  1. 1

    I don’t like cake — except this one! It is my favorite too!

    would you be willing to post your recipe for meatballs in mushroom gravy?

  2. 3

    I love jello cake too. I always make it for Easter. I have seen pudding cake before, but haven’t tried it yet. My favorites are strawberry and raspberry.

  3. 4

    Wow, that sounds so good and easy. I’m going to have to try it next time I have to bring a dessert to a get-together. If I make it for home, I might eat it all myself!

  4. 5

    That looks awesome! I have recently had to become gluten-free, but I could make this with a gluten-free cake mix. I think the jello would help the taste and texture of the gluten-free cake. Thanks Nony!

    PS Looking forward to your next webisode. you are so much fun 🙂

  5. 6

    This is also excellent for anybody with an egg allergy. You just leave out the eggs when you make the cake, the jello helps hold it together. I made these for my middle son’s 1st birthday because he was having some food allergy problems and we hadn’t introduced egg yet.

  6. 7

    Thank you so much for the memories! My mom used to make this with us – she called it “Poke Cake” and we would come running to be the one to poke the holes! I think I will have to make this with my kids tomorrow!

  7. 8

    This is a favorite of mine as well, but with two small changes: use yellow cake mix instead of white, and EAT IT COLD! Seriously, you will never be able to go back to eating it warm again!

  8. 10
    kim koprivec says:

    We love this cake too! after we let the cake with jello cool we put a can of cherry pie filling on it then add the cool whip!

  9. 11

    I love Jello Cake! We make it with dream whip frosting, which involves mixing Dream Whip with vanilla pudding. A little more work than Cool Whip, but sooooo yummy!

  10. 12
    Jean Marie says:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! My Grandmother use to make this cake, she used the other end of a wooden spoon to make the holes. I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. My brothers and sisters think it’s a figment of my imagination, they don’t remember it.

  11. 13

    We love Jello cake around here! Off to check the pantry with high hopes of finding a box of cake mix.

  12. 14

    My favorite is and always will be lime jello cake. Its the best. I had it at my wedding reception.

  13. 15

    My mother used to make this for us and use strawberry and she even crushed up fresh or ones we had put in the freezer when in season in the cake mix. I will have to get a cake mix and make this, I have not had this in years. Thanks for the memories

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